Move-In Safety Tips

2020 Student Move In

This week students are heading back to Ann Arbor for the fall semester. Due to COVID-19, move-in will look a little different this year. 

Whether you’re beginning your first year on campus or returning, we have some tips and reminders to get you off on the right foot for a safe, secure move-in and school year.


In addition to the traditional checklist of items to bring to school with you, add a U-Lock to your list if you’re planning to bring a bicycle. Avoid cable locks, which are easy to cut through. For an additional measure to deter theft, register your bicycle, and any of your electronics with DPSS. This property registration program is free and can assist in the recovery of items in the event of theft.

Getting To Campus 

As you make your way to Ann Arbor, we suggest using Waze to help navigate through local construction and traffic. Traffic and parking changes and updates can be found here. Curbside street parking is available at City of Ann Arbor parking meters along the front of buildings and bagged meters are free to use for students moving in. 

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Arrive on time: If you are moving into the dorms, do your best to arrive during your assigned move-in slot. Once you arrive, there will be markers to indicate where to stand throughout the check-in process for physical distancing. 
  • Follow COVID-19 protocols: Living in Michigan Housing this year will be strongly informed by public health expertise. Each of us has a responsibility for protecting the health of the community. Each member of our community commits to three fundamentals:
    • Face coverings are required (for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals) during move-in from August 25-29 due to the high volume of people in the halls.
    • On Aug. 30, the regular U-M’s face covering policy resumes. Vaccinated residents who self-report their information to the university will not need to wear masks or practice social distancing in their assigned residence halls (including in individual rooms and common spaces).
    • Students who are unvaccinated or vaccinated with an unauthorized vaccine will be required to wear a face covering, social distance and complete weekly mandatory COVID testing.
  • Ask us! DPSS staff will be on-site to assist with parking, directions, and any additional questions you may have.

Moving In

Blue rolling bins will be available for students to check out to assist with moving items up to their rooms quickly. Blue bins will be sanitized between each use. To prevent the possibility of theft, do not leave items unattended on the sidewalk or in an unlocked car. Make sure that dorm room doors are locked when you leave. Parking at the dorms will be limited by space and time — if you need nearby parking after you’ve unloaded all of your items, ask DPSS officers for the most convenient locations.

If you have other housing-specific questions, please be sure to check out the FAQs on the Housing website.

Add DPSS To Your Contacts

Be sure to add the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) contact card to your phone so you can reach us quickly. We’re here 24/7 to assist with any safety or security concern. Help keep our campus community safe! Do not hesitate to contact us as soon as you become aware of any crime, suspicious activity or public safety concern.

Welcome HoMe

COVID-19 has brought about unprecedented changes and alterations to everyday life and the college experience. We understand you may have some anxieties returning to campus and we want to assure you that we are here to help make your move-in experience at U-M safe, healthy, and efficient. We look forward to welcoming you hoMe for another successful, safe school year.

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